Uate's back no barrier to NRL blockbuster

KNIGHTS flyer Aku Uate is in no doubt of missing tomorrow night’s blockbuster against Canterbury at Hunter Stadium despite finishing training early this morning with back soreness.

Uate left the field at Mayfield Balance before his teammates had completed the session and headed into the gym for recovery.

The NSW and Australian representative winger has had a limited workload this week to manage minor back stiffness.

‘‘I’m feeling all right, it’s just my back playing up a bit,’’ Uate said.

‘‘I just did bit of recovery, but I’ll be all right tomorrow. It isn’t too serious.’’

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Since his omission from the third State of Origin game Uate has been in scintillating form.

In the five games since Blues coach Ricky Stuart made the fateful phone call to drop the 24-year-old he has scored seven tries.

‘‘I’m having a bit more fun out there and winning games, which is getting me excited,’’ he said.

‘‘Hopefully I play like that all year and hopefully we get another win at home.’’

The burgeoning combination between Uate and centre Dane Gagai has been a particular feature of Newcastle’s last-season revival.

‘‘I’m definitely going really well with Gags on the inside. He’s been setting up a couple of tries and just having fun,’’ he said.

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